The Military Heart

Serving the Chaplains and Military Families at Ft Bragg

The Military Heart was founded in November 2011 to minister Christ's Love to Military Families of Ft Bragg. The name the Military Heart reflects those whose heart and perspective is changed when they become a part of the special sacrificing culture of America's Military; heores at war and heroes at home. It includes the servicemember, his spouse and children, his parents, his siblings, his close friends, all become part of the team.

Building spiritually resilient military warriors and families by conducting events and supporting the community by: ◦Ministering to and through Chaplains ◦Building Resilience in Warriors and Leaders ◦Equipping Military Marriages to go the distance and make an impact ◦Igniting Hope and Building Resilience for Military Wives ◦Helping to Restore Wounded Military Warriors and their Families

Mission: Work through Chaplains to build Spiritually resilient warriors and families at Ft Bragg NC.

A great book showing the grit and heroism of our soldiers

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY, THE CHOSEN FEW LOST ONE OF ITS MOST CHERISHED. An established military dictum has long been that non-commissioned officers are the backbone of the military. That was no less true for those American forces who that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, like the company of paratroopers known as the Chosen Few. They were famous for their core of sergeants, among them, Sgt. 1st Class Matt Kahler, who led Chosen Company's 2nd platoon of paratroopers sent into the mountains of northeast Afghanistan in 2007 for a 15-month deployment. Kahler had previously jumped into Iraq in 2003 and served a second combat tour in Afghanistan. The 2007 -2008 deployment was third combat tour. An Iowa native who grew up in Minnesota, Kahler had married his high school sweetheart shortly after enlisting. By the time he was leading 2nd Platoon in Afghanistan, Kahler and his wife, Vicki, had a 4-year-old daughter, Ally. Kahler's method of leadership was a mission to understanding and learn about each member of his platoon. (In the photo below, he is in the center, between two of his platoon members.) He became invested in each soldier and they loved him for it, wanting nothing more than to earn his approval. In the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 26, 2008, Kahler led a six-man element high onto ridge over-looking a U.S. outpost called Bella. They were part of a two-prong maneuver where the plan was to attack a group of insurgents some distance south. As the six-man unit made it's way along along the ridge, however, to they needed to pass through a small outpost manned by Afghan security guards. As Kahler led his man into the outpost, it was not clear that the guards were aware they were coming or manning their posts. The paratroopers called out alerts into the darkness, but there was no acknowledgments. "It might be dangerous," Kahler told his men, and instructed them to hold back while he stepped forward. When he finally got within a few feet of one of the bunkers, shots rang out. Kahler was killed instantly. The security guards inside later said they had been startled and one them fired without realizing who was there. But Chosen Company would always suspect it was an ambush by a security guard working for the enemy. The one certainty was that Kahler's death devastated 2nd Platoon. He was truly the backbone of that platoon, and now he was gone. Later that morning, a helicopter would arrive at Bella to take him home. For more about Kahler and the Chosen Few:

Our prayers are always with this group of heroes and the Gold Star families. This is a great read with honoring and understanding how hard this war is. Thank you Greg Zaroya for telling the real story.

LOST IN ALL THE MEDIA COVERAGE about how presidents call Gold Star families, is the difficult job faced by commanders in the field to call those same families soon after they learn of their loved one’s death and answer any and all questions. In my book, The Chosen Few, I write about one of the most decorated combat unit’s in the Army. a company of paratroopers and its combat experiences in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan during a deployment in 2007-2008. Through a series of battles in which they were always out-numbered, the paratroopers of Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, suffered high casualties, including 16 killed in action. The photo on this post shows a memorial to those slain. When six paratroopers and a Marine attached to Chosen Company were killed in combat Nov. 9, 2007, it was left to the company commander, Capt. Matt Myer, to answer questions loved ones might have. I write about his struggle to do so in this extract from the book:

Relatives were desperate to know more.
That was a task left to Matt Myer. Barely twenty-nine years old, he had never lost a man under his command. He knew—Ostlund had already instructed him on this—he was obliged to call each family and answer every question they might have. But it was very tough to be completely honest about some things. There was the sensitive issue of Lancour’s body being dropped from the medevac helicopter. Even beyond that, Matt felt very uncomfortable about the responsibility. He had to keep telling himself their need to know was more important than any personal distress he might feel. As company commander, he served not only his men but their families as well.
"Get over yourself. Buck up and do it."
One by one he made satellite phone calls, standing outside the TOC back at Bella, leaning up against a wall near the landing zone. Beeson insisted on being nearby, if for no other reason than to lend moral support.Matt Myer began each conversation the same way.
“I’m Captain Matt Myer. I was your son’s company commander. I’m just calling you to offer my condolences and answer any questions you might have about the circumstances of his death. I know it’s a lot do deal with. But I’m here to answer your questions until you don’t have any more questions to ask.”
He tried to brace himself for the question he dreaded most, the one they always asked: “Why did my husband die?” or “Why did my son die?” Myer knew no one could really explain why one person dies in combat and another survives. He decided to be straight with them “I don’t know why this happened. I don’t understand either. It doesn’t make any sense.”
First he called the parents of Matt Ferrara. They were mercifully gracious. They even asked how he was dealing with it. It turned into almost a conversation. The father sounded slightly upset, the mother calm. They asked about the patrol: How many were on it? They wanted to know where on his body their son was wounded and if it was possible he died quickly. Myer assured them he believed it was nearly instantaneous. They talked about Ranch House, and Myer told them something they didn’t know—that Matt had been recommended for a Silver Star for that battle. The parents mentioned that their son’s grandfather had received a Silver Star and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Myer took notes. He wanted to pass the information along to Ostlund, who would also be calling each family. His boss would want to know what ground had been covered.
The calls continued. Jeff Mersman’s wife, Lynn, sounded at peace with what had happened. The conversation with Lester Roque’s family was tougher. Because they were from the Philippines, there was a language barrier, and Myer wasn’t on the phone for very long. Sean Langevin’s mother, Roxane, was worried about the state of his body and wanted to know where the bullets struck him. Sean’s pregnant wife, Jess, was teary, but understanding, and she wanted to extend condolences to the family of Joe Lancour.
But when it came time to call Lancour’s mother, Starla Owens, Myer couldn’t bring himself to tell her the truth. She had heard from the casualty assistance officer that her son’s body was badly damaged. She wanted to know what happened and, most importantly, whether he suffered. Myer told her he thought Joe died quickly, but that his body had fallen. He neglected to mention, however, that the body was dropped from a helicopter. She said it was important that the family learn the details for closure.
“I wasn’t prepared to tell her,” Myer wrote in his notes for Ostlund. “But I believe it should be clarified for her.”

For more about the Chosen Few:

Never forget. Praying for our troops, our heroes every day. Why we are The Military Heart.

AS U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN INCREASES... The story of the Chosen Few, a company of U.S. paratroopers who fought for 15 months in the mountains of northeast Afghanistan in 2007-2008, carries more than a few lessons as an increase in troop deployments to that country is currently underway. Several thousand additional U.S. troops are slated for deployment to Afghanistan in the coming months. When the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Division arrived in Nuristan Province in May of 2007, their job was to work with the Afghan Army and connect with the local populations in a remote, mountainous area of the country. Through the balance of that year and into the summer of 2008, the paratroopers fought a series of battles as they were slowly pulled out of the Waigal Valley. They learned how difficult it was to connect with a population that was pulled so strongly by enemy insurgents in the opposite direction. They learned also about the limitations of air power as they fought in close combat with the enemy. And the paratroopers also demonstrated a tenaciousness in battle, winning each engagement even as commanders ordered them eventually to withdraw. They became one of the most highly decorated Army units to fight in Afghanistan. But their losses were steep. Sixteen members of the company were killed in combat, including nine paratroopers who died during fighting at the Battle of Wanat on July 13, 2008, just weeks before the soldiers were to go home. This photograph was taken during the memorial service for those troopers, with the company commander, Capt. Matt Myer, and company 1st Sgt. Scott Beeson shown at attention. Their sacrifices are something to keep in mind as the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan continues. For more about the Chosen Few:

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Pray for our veterans.

VA Secretary David Shulkin met with the USA TODAY Editorial Board last week and as a writer on that staff, I was able to ask him about the current generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That generation includes the men who fought in the mountains of northeast Afghanistan in 2007-2008 as paratroopers in Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. They call themselves the Chosen Few and their tour was among the most deadly in recent combat history.

Shulkin talked about the value of post-combat, post-military relationships and comradeship, something Chosen Company veterans -- I think -- have excelled at. Here is his discussion:

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Great book. Great, great soldiers. The finest.

Five-star review of The Chosen Few posted on Amazon this week by reader R. Tenny:

I am always up for a story about the 173rd. I fought with the Brigade in 1966 in Viet Nam and witnessed uncommon valor every time we engaged the enemy. The Chosen Few is a great account of the young men who came fifty one years after my time. They make us proud. The book is an honest account the Army's Very Best at war. It isn't pretty, it's war and it's true. On the chance a member of the Brigade is reading this, I want to tell you just how proud we old Paratroopers are of you. We pray for your departed and for those that remain. "Airborne All The Way".

Thanks for reading.

REBOOT Recovery

So many good things about this program. Check it out.

Do you cram your life’s garbage can until it overflows into a real mess? It’s time to take out the trash left behind by trauma. Can you or a veteran you know relate to this video?

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Cru Military

CRU MIlitary. Supporting our servicemembers. Great people. Great resources for our military.

Happy Independence Day from your friends at the Military Ministry of Cru! We give thanks for those who serve and have served in the armed forces. We are grateful for your many sacrifices, and your dedication to build and defend this great nation! May God bless you and God bless America! #Spirituallyfit #Readytoserve

Great words for every family no matter their age!

"...What I’ve learned over the years is that rules don’t work. Rules don’t create character in people, they create boxes. Our hearts are not wired for legalisms. We find all kinds of ways to distort rules. We use them as weapons against one another (I’m better than you.) We use them as obstacles to overcome (I’ll find the loophole). We use them for judgment. (I’m good enough, I’m too bad, I’m…insert identity-crushing word here)
We don’t need rules, we need values. We need guiding principles that determine the direction of our lives, that help us make good and intentional choices toward a preferred future. So this summer, our family is throwing out the rules and ushering in the values."

The Chosen Few Book

This story is so real, raw, and honoring to all the soldiers of this unit that fought courageously in an impossible area of Afghanistan. A great, great read to understand what heroes serve our country fearlessly and tirelessly. God bless them one and all.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT TALKS ABOUT BRAVERY IN OTHERS. Ryan Pitts was a sergeant with 2nd Platoon of Chosen Company during the unit's fateful deployment to northeast Afghanistan in 2007-2008 when it became one of the most highly decorated units in the Army. Pitts was singled out for heroism in the Battle of Wanat that took place on the morning of July 13, 2008. Here he talks at length about the bravery of others, referencing soldiers who fought around him that day: Jason Bogar, Jonathan Ayers, Pruitt Rainey, Jonathan Brostrom and Jason Hovater. Their stories and the story of the Chosen Few:

[11/10/16]   We are meeting Sunday evenings for a study called The Fighting Marriage. Come join us. There is Awanas for the kids at the same time. Message us for more information on time and location in the Fort Bragg area. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" Eph 4:32

Today's Marriage Prayer - To Unwind When We Need To - Marriage Prayers

A prayer for today ❤️ Marriage Prayer – To Unwind When We Need To   Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to unwind when we need to. Teach us how to release our stress when it takes over our thoughts. Stress can distract us from the path You set before us. It can discourage us from fulfilling our call. It can …

[10/21/16]   Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:12 NIV

[10/06/16]   Psalm 55:22, "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you."

[09/09/16]   Marriage: why is it sometimes so great and other times something we want to run away from!! :We will be having a couples small group study for marriage enrichment and sustainment called Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas: “Any situation that calls me to confront my selfishness has enormous spiritual value” If you are married, then you have confronted selfishness in yourself and your spouse. The Guzman’s and the Myers will be facilitating this study with encouragement, prayer, and biblical tools to help you see what God offers in His design for marriage. We still have room in this class: husband away? No problem.

Sunday evening 6pm.
All American Chapel: The children's Awanas program will also be held at that time.

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If you can’t sign up, just come out this Sunday evening.
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Soldier's Heart- AJ Duke at Java Expressions Live in Fayetteville, NC March 2014

My wonderful, talented friend wrote this song as a tribute to our soldiers. Also an awesome military spouse!

It's the need to serve, the strength to fight To take a stand for what's right It's the need to protect his fellow man The pride when his Daddy shakes his ha...

[05/22/16]   As we enter PCS season, please join us in praying for all the military families moving this summer. Let's especially pray for all the "brats" who are finishing the school year and saying goodbye to friends, teachers and the routine they know. We pray they will learn to bring their needs to the Lord and He will provide friends, churches, schooling and security in their new homes.

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Fort Bragg PWOC Fort Bragg PWOC
All-American Chapel, 7242 Ardennes St
Fort Bragg, 28310

Fort Bragg Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) Serving Christ, Reaching Women, Connecting Lives PWOC is God empowered, Christ centered and Spirit led; exists as an extension of Chapel; encourages women to grow spiritually within the body of Christ.

Conqueror's in Christ Apostolic Ministries Conqueror's in Christ Apostolic Ministries
P.O. Box 70052
Fort Bragg, 28307

“We are Designed To Conquer"

Airborne Artillery Memorial Congregation Airborne Artillery Memorial Congregation
Bldg. #3 D-3733, Ardennes Street
Fort Bragg, 28310

Welcome to the official Fort Bragg Airborne Artillery Memorial Congregation (AAMC) page where you will find information focused on spiritual well-being.

Wood Memorial Chapel Gospel Congregation-WMCGC Wood Memorial Chapel Gospel Congregation-WMCGC
Wood Memorial Chapel Building # C-8755
Fort Bragg

The United State Army official page of Wood Memorial Chapel Gospel Congregation (WMCGC)

All American Protestant Service All American Protestant Service
Ardennes Street
Fort Bragg, 28310

We are a protestant congregation meeting at All American Chapel at 1100 Sunday mornings. Sunday School occurs from September-May at 1000 (excl. 4 day weekends) Chapel Kids (K-5th) occurs from September-May & 1st Sunday of the Month is Family Sunday.

St. Michael the Archangel Columbiettes 15250 St. Michael the Archangel Columbiettes 15250
Pope Chapel
Fort Bragg, 28308

We are a unified body of Catholic women who work side-by-side with the Knights of Columbus. Our auxiliary is the first ever on a military installation!